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Old Dubai Historic Sites
19 Mar

Most Interesting Historical Places to Visit Dubai

Interesting Historical Places to Visit in Dubai

Old Dubai Historic Sites

Dubai has turned from a desert into a modern tourist destination in the last few years. After touring the new glitzy city however, you can discover numerous distinctive fragments from an earlier era that are still obvious to date. Today’s Dubai  is classified into two defined areas: Old Dubai and New Dubai. Both of these parts have a distinctive culture relating to their architecture. Old Dubai is loaded with monuments from the pre-oil finding era in contrast to modern Dubai which includes modern architecture and is crammed with malls, hotels, and skyscrapers. The Historical Past of Dubai demonstrates its fascinating past.  The following are top places with historical significance to see when visiting the city.

Al Bastakiya

 Al Bastakiya Historic Site Dubai
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Renowned for its traditional wind towers, Al Bastakiya is considered the oldest cultural and historical region in Dubai. The place’s history goes back to the early 19th century and it was referred to as Al Bastakiya after traders who come to Bastak from the region of Iran. Historic documentation shows that these towers were mounted above the house as a way to capture the wind and send it down into the rooms. These houses now have become the trademark of Al-Bastaqiya. Lots of tourists are appealed to by the traditional architecture of buildings constructed in the conventional Arabic style, furnished with wood and plaster. This area with divine outdated homes and sketchy courtyards makes a massive impact due to Dubai’s ultra-modern skyscrapers that rise in the background behind the wind towers. The old walls now house art galleries, cafes, souvenir shops, and a few of them have been transformed into modern and comfy housing.

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

With lots of open and shutting winged sections and a few air towers, called Barajee, Sheik Saeed Al Maktoum House is a notable place that represents the architecture of the late 19th century. Until the mid 19th century, This residence used to serve as Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s official residence who was the ruler of Dubai from 1912 until his death in 1958. Today this royal house has been converted into the Shindagha Museum that features several galleries, objects, rare images, paintings, coins, jewelry and stamps of his era. The house of Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum remains open from Saturday to Thursday from 8 am to 8.30 pm. Having said that, it continues to be open on Friday between 3 pm to 9.30 pm for the tourists. Ticket cost for adults is 15 aed while the ticket cost for students between the age of 5 to 24 years is 5 aed. No entry fee for kids upto 5 years.

Hatta Wadi

Less than a two-hour drive from Dubai, Hatta is an excellent pick for the weekend retreat and nearby enough for a mini-daycation. The entire Hatta town is loaded with a defensive tower, stone houses with palm-frond roofs, falaj and the conventional water system that had been built by ancient communities who reigned over the place. The two round watchtowers which were constructed in the 1880 situated 2.5m above ground level with a compact door and semi-circular stairs going to the roof. Here you can have relaxing views of Oman mountains without being Oman. You are able to do bbq at designated areas at Hatta Park as well as hiking along with Kayaking at Hatta Dam. Most importantly, you can pay a visit to Hatta Heritage Village. It is the most popular and unique historical significant landmark in Hatta Valley. Particularly those who want to get to be aware of Arab culture and discover some of the last remaining symbols of its traditional Emirati elegance. Hatta Heritage Village is believed to be over 3000 years old and continues to be maintained and renovated to its original glory to offer tourists a look at how the Emiratis were living decades ago. This tour operator offers Hatta trips from Dubai in 75 AED only which is considerably affordable.

Dubai Museum

Historic Dubai Museum

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Constructed in 1787, The museum was opened in 1971. According to a report, the Dubai Museum receives over 3000 visitors daily. When you enter the Museum, get ready to go through a well planned Underground Museum.The Dubai museum has a variety of galleries belonging to the 1800s. These galleries feature regional African and Asian items. In addition to that, it has 3000 BC year old Archeological collections that were found in Al Qusais.The museum stores the abundant cultural heritage of the Arabs.It tells a wonderful story, beginning with how the emirates came to exist and how in the past residents of that time protected themselves from outside hostility, such as the British. Additionally, there is a small restaurant that serves Arabic tea. If you’re traveling to it, I suggest you spare no less than 3 hours as the whole area around Dubai museum has a series of outdated homes dating back to the early 19th century. The entry fee is just 3 AED.

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